Sophie donates her hair to cancer wig appeal

Sophie Green, 12, from Bilsborrow, had her hair cut off for The Little Princess Trust
Sophie Green, 12, from Bilsborrow, had her hair cut off for The Little Princess Trust
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A brave young girl has had her long locks chopped off to help make wigs for boys and girls who have lost their hair to cancer.

Sophie Green, who attends Garstang Community Academy, received donations for the cut and all of the £350 raised will go to The Little Princess Trust after seeing almost half her hair get the chop.

The 12-year-old from Bilsborrow had her hair cut at Louisa John Hair Salon in Garstang free of charge and hopes it will go towards making wigs for children who have lost their hair.

And mum Lynn says she is really proud of her daughter and says she has easily passed her original target.

“At first she only wanted to raise £150 but the fundraising went so well she ending up raising enough for a full wig,” she said. “She has gorgeous long hair and it’s a really nice thing she has done to have it cut for charity. Hopefully the money go help make a wig and I’m sure it will make a big different to a child.”

The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, along with help from friends and from Hannah’s school, Hereford Cathedral Junior School.

Hannah was the original Little Princess and after she was diagnosed with having a Wilms tumour she passed away in 2005 after a brave battle.

At that time, finding high quality wigs for children was very difficult and only after a long search was a suitable company eventually found which made a wig for Hannah. Her parents said she very much enjoyed wearing her wig, particularly on special occasions.

After Hannah passed away, lots of people offered financial and practical help and Hannah’s parents, Wendy and Simon, decided that the most fitting way to use this help was to launch a charity dedicated to providing specialist real hair children’s wigs. Since its inception, the charity has now helped thousands of boys and girls.

It has also extended its mission to include the provision of financial assistance for research into the causes of childhood cancers and into minimising the effects of chemotherapy in children.